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Can DC Take the Heat?

  • 700 Penn. Rooftop 700 Pennsylvania Ave SE Washington, DC (map)

If you’ve spent a summer in D.C., you know that heat can constitute anything from an annoyance to a crisis. In fact, extreme heat is the most widespread and deadly weather-related hazard in the United States, and it is worsening due to both climate change and urban development patterns.

The Urban Land Institute is hosting a panel from the public and private sectors to hear how extreme heat is addressed in the new Resilient D.C. Strategy and how extreme heat can be mitigated through sustainable design and urban planning. The discussion will focus on how the District is keeping residents safe from extreme heat by mitigating the effects of climate change and preparing for the future.

Panelists:

Kevin Bush, Chief Resilience Officer, D.C. Office of Resilience
Kate Johnson, Chief, Green Building and Climate, D.C. Department of Energy and Environment
Kristin Baja, Climate Resilience Officer, Urban Sustainability Directors Network
Ayisha Swann, Development Associate, JBG Smith